Sapper

James Turnbull

Sapper James Turnbull volunteered for Service in British Columbia and traveled with the Columbia Detachment on board the Thames City.
As a Sapper Turnbull's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.

Turnbull took up the challenge, made by Captain Luard, to have amateur theatricals on board.

Theatre Royal, "Thames City"
GREAT ATTRACTION!

The manager of the above Theatre has the honor to announce to the inhabitants of this "City" that he has, with considerable difficulty and immense expense, succeeded in securing the valuable services of the following histrionic artists, viz:

Charles Sinnett, Charles Derham, James Turnbull, George Eaton, Henry J. Benney, James H. Elliot, John Meade, William A. Franklin, James Digby, James B Launders

The Theatre has undergone considerable alterations, and every attention has been paid to the comfort and convenience of the audience.  The Scenery, Dresses and Properties are entirely new, and of a first class description.  On Wednesday, the 24th inst., will be produced for the first time at this Theatre that laughable and interesting Farce by G. Almar, entitled,

"CROSSING THE LINE"

or "Crowded House"

"Wouverman Von Broom", (A Boat Builder), C. Derham
"Wouter Von Broom", (A Pilot), C. Sinnett
"Bluffenburg", (A Workman), G. Eaton
"Caukenburg", (A Sailor), J.H. Elliot
"Von Brent", (A Lawyer), J. Turnbull
"Estelle de Burgh", (Ward of Wouverman), H.J.Benney
"Pomona Vondertviller", (An Oyster Girl), J. Meade

Leader of Orchestra - William Haynes

During the evening several Songs and Dances will be introduced.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performance to commence at 7 o'clock precisely.

Alfred R. Howse, Manager.

--20th November, 1858
From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.

A week later an advertisement appeared in the Gazette on board.

Theatre Royal, "Thames City"
IMMENSE ATTRACTION!

The Manager, having succeeded in securing the addition to his Company of the services of those distinguished artistes, "Herr Wolfenden" and "Miss Matilda Hazel", has the pleasure to announce to the public that, on Wednesday evening the 8th inst., will be presented the farce in one Act by John Maddison Morton, entitled,

"A THUMPING LEGACY"

"Filippo Geronimo", (An Innkeeper), Charles Derham
"Jerry Ominous", (His Nephew), Charles Sinnett
"Bambogetti", James B. Launders
"Leoni", James Turnbull
"Brigadier of Carabineers", Richard Wolfenden
"First Carabineer", John Meade
"Second Carabinier", George Eaton
"Rosetta", (daughter of Filippo), Miss Matilda Hazel

Leader of the Orchestra - William Haynes

Comic, and other Songs will be introduced during the evening.
Reserved seats for ladies only.

Alfred R. Howse, Manager.

- 5th December, 1858, From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.

 

Theatre Royal, "Thames City"

Next week will be presented that highly interesting and laughable Farce, in one Act, by John M. Morton, entitled,

"DONE BOTH SIDES!"

Characters:

"Mr. Wiffles", Charles Derham
"Mr. John Brownjohn", Charles Sinnett
"Mr. Pygmalian Phibbs", James Turnbull
"Mrs. Wiffles", John Meade
"Lydia", Richard Wolfenden

Doors open at 6 o'clock, performance to commence at 6:30 precisely.

-5th March, 1859, From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.

 

 

Theatre Royal

The Manager of the above theatre as the honor to announce to the nobility, gentry and public of this "City", that he has in rehearsal the popular Comic Drama, in two Acts, by John Maddison Morton, entitled,

OUR WIFE, OR THE ROSE OF AMIENS

Which will be played on Monday evening, the 4th inst., forming the close of the Theatrical season in this "City".

Characters:

"Marquis de Ligny" (Captain of King's Musketeers), J. Turnbull
"Count de Brissac", (His Friend), C. Sinnett
"Pomaret", A.R. Howse
"Dumont", L.M. Hughes
"First Officer', J. Digby
"Second Officer", G. Eaton
"Messenger", H. Yates
"Rosine" (Pomaret's daughter), R. Wolfenden
"Mariette" (Her Cousin), J. Meade

Scene - Amiens: Period - 1634.

--2nd April, 1859
From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.

Turnbull remains in the Colony when the Detachment is disbanded in November of 1863.

MACLURE & TURNBULL,
(LATE OF THE ROYAL ENGINEERS)
 
Surveyors, Civil Engineers,
Auctioneers, Land and General
Agents,
OFFICE ON COLUMBIA ST., NEW WESTMINSTER,
Opposite Mr. Holbrook's Store
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THE SUBSCRIBERS, in devoting attention to the
above branches of business believe that, from many
years of service in various parts of the British Empire,
they possess such a thorough knowledge of the Survey-
ing and Engineering profession as will warrant them
in soliciting public patronage.
 
JAMES TURNBULL
 
New Westminster, B.C.
November 2nd, 1863